2023 American Conference Football Schedule Week 6
Only five games are on the Week 6 docket in The American as five of the conference’s 14 teams enjoy open dates - Memphis, Charlotte, Southern Methodist, East Carolina, and Tulane.
South Florida saw a 19-game road losing streak end with a 44-30 win at Navy. It was the Bulls' first road victory since a 45-20 win at East Carolina Oct. 26, 2019.
Tulsa QB Cardell Williams figured in four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the Golden Hurricane's 45-31 win against Temple Thursday. Williams is the first Tulsa freshman in program history to have two games with three or more touchdown passes.
They will face off against Florida Atlantic, who will see thier first American Conference action since joining the league.
SMU RB Jaylan Knighton rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries in the Mustangs' 34-16 win against Charlotte. Knighton had a 95-yard touchdown run that ranks as the third-longest rushing play in American Athletic Conference history.
Memphis has won 27 of its last 28 home games against nonconference opponents.
Tulane is 16-3 in its last 19 games, marking its best 19-game stretch since a 16-2-1 run from 1948-49.
Rice defeated East Carolina despite being on the short end of the box score in total yards (391-277), rushing yards (145-37), first downs (25-14) and time of possession (34:58-25:02).
UTSA heads to Temple Saturday in a game that will mark the Roadrunners’ northernmost game site since a Nov. 17, 2012, contest at Idaho.
North Texas has had back-to-back games with a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver after going more than a full season without accomplishing the feat - since Nov. 20, 2021, in a 49-7 win against FIU.
They visit Navy Saturday for the second meeting between the teams. The only previous meeting came in 2007, when Navy won a wild 74-62 matchup in Denton, Texas, as the teams set an NCAA FBS record for combined points (since broken by Pitt-Syracuse in 2016).
Here is the slate for the weekend:
Saturday, October 7
UTSA at Temple * (2 p.m., ESPN+)
North Texas at Navy * (3:30 p.m., CBSSN)
South Florida at UAB * (4 p.m., ESPN2)
UConn at Rice (5 p.m., ESPN+)
Tulsa at Florida Atlantic * (6 p.m., ESPN+)
UTSA 49 Temple 34
The northern Owls puts up 34 points and 542 yards on the Roadrunners' defense. I mean, that's not good, but 49 points on offense isn't too shabby either.
Temple turned the rick over at the most inopportune time as well, or the outcome might have been different. Bottom line: The American truly is all over the place this season.
The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly football honors for the week-ending Oct. 7.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jermaine Brown Jr. • Sr. • RB • UAB
Brown rushed for 116 yards and four touchdowns to lead UAB to a 56-35 win against a South Florida squad that had won its first two conference games. He became the fifth NCAA FBS player to score four rushing touchdowns in a game this season and scored three TDs in the first half to stake the Blazers to a 35-14 lead at the break.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Luke Pirris • So. • DE/LB • Navy
Pirris made his first career start had a career-high nine tackles with a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Navy’s 27-24 win against North Texas. Pirris’ sack came in the fourth quarter and resulted in an 18-yard loss and a fumble that was recovered by the Midshipmen, who scored on the next play to put the game away. Pirris led a Navy defense that registered a school-record eight sacks and limited North Texas’ prolific offense to 24 points.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Logan Lupo • Jr. • K/P • Florida Atlantic
Lupo scored eight points, making two field goals, and averaged 51.8 yards on four punts to help Florida Atlantic to a 20-17 win against Tulsa. Lupo’s second field goal of the game provided the winning margin as he hit a 27-yard attempt in a driving rainstorm early in the fourth quarter. He made his biggest play late in the game with a 72-yard punt to the Tulsa 6-yard line to help protect a three-point lead.
Jacob Zeno • Jr. • QB • UAB
Completed 19 of 25 passes for 353 yards and four touchdowns in a 56-35 win against South Florida.
Larry McCammon III • Sr. • RB • Florida Atlantic
Rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a 20-17 win against Tulsa.
Alex Tecza • So. • FB • Navy
Rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 27-24 win against North Texas.
E.J. Warner • So. • QB • Temple
Completed 42 of 65 passes for 472 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-34 loss to UTSA.
Frank Harris • Gr. • QB • UTSA
Completed 25 of 33 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 49-34 win at Temple.